A series of free business planning workshops is being offered for very small businesses in El Dorado County. Start-up and existing small businesses with five or fewer employees, including the business owner, may attend the workshops at no cost. Certain income requirements apply. Businesses must be located in the unincorporated area of El Dorado County.
“Through the 12-week workshop series, participants will learn critical information to help them succeed as a business, particularly in these tough economic times,” said Ren Scammon, Manager of the El Dorado County Housing, Community and Economic Development Program. “Participants will also be guided through the process of developing a business plan, and will receive business planning tools including a business plan template.” Without a business plan, business owners will find it very difficult or impossible to apply for business financing, according to Scammon.
The workshops will be conducted by professionals from the Northeastern Small Business Development Center. Funding for the workshops is provided by a Federal Community Development Block Grant administered locally through the El Dorado County Housing, Community and Economic Development Program.
Topics covered in the training include: business survival skills, communication tools and organization, market analysis and marketing strategies, operations and financing, cash management, licensing and permits, forecasting and more.
The 12-week workshop series will be offered in several locations throughout the County. Workshop locations, dates and times are as follows:
For individuals who are unable to clear their calendars to attend the first session of the workshop, arrangements may be made for a separate session to cover the information at a later date. In addition to the workshop series, small business owners may also be eligible for no-cost one-on-one business consulting.
Space is limited at the workshop series. Pre-registration is required. To enroll in the workshop series, or to learn more about the program and its requirements, please contact Clarissa Correa at (916) 563-3210 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about the El Dorado County Economic Development Block Grant Program, visit www.edcgov.us/humanservices or call (530) 642-4864.
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